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England and Scotland Heritage

11 Day UK Tour to England and Scotland

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11 Days
3 Countries

England, Wales, Scotland

14 Cities

London, Windsor, Bath, Cardiff, Chester, Liverpool, Lake District, Glasgow, Scottish Highlands, St. Andrews, Edinburgh, York, Bradford, Stratford-upon-Avon

12 Meals

10 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners

Active

Faster paced with mix of 1 and 2-night stays in each destination. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 45
Tour brand Costsaver

Costsaver

Costsaver trips are great if you are looking for a budget friendly, semi-independent vacation that is designed with just the basics in mind. Unlike classic tours, Costsaver includes just the essentials including 3-star accommodation (not always centrally located, but close to public transportation for easy access to the center of town), airconditioned motorcoach transportation, an expert Travel Director and Driver. With a basic orientation included in major cities, enjoy the freedom and flexibility to explore the destination at your own pace, or tailor your days on trip with Choice Optional Experiences unique to each itinerary and arranged by your Travel Director. 

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Delve deeper into the history and heritage of Britain, from Windsor Castle and Stratford-upon-Avon to the bonnie birthplace of kilts and clans. Let centuries-old architecture inspire you, fall in love with the beauty of the Lake District and engage with the best of Britain when you visit Bath, York, Edinburgh and Glasgow, topping it all off with a leisurely stroll in the footsteps of the golfing gods at St. Andrews.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Arrive London

Begin and end your journey back in time on the busy streets of London. After check-in, you have the rest of the day to explore this multicultural city your way. March to the tune of God Save the King as you embrace all the pomp and pageantry of Britain's capital. Delve into London's royal heritage, stroll along the Thames or admire treasures from across the globe in one of its museums before retiring to your neighborhood 'local' for a pint or two.

Tower Bridge in London, England
Accommodation Holiday Inn Brentford Lock

Day 2

London free day

What a treat! A full free day to explore all the surprises London has to offer in preparation for your epic adventure across England and Scotland. There's no shortage of places to go and people to see as you pound the pavements in search of the very best of Britain, from bacon butties to builder's tea, royal palaces to cathedrals, the London Underground to the mesmerizing world of monuments and museums that lies above.

Telephone Box in London, England
Accommodation Holiday Inn Brentford Lock
Included Meals Breakfast

Day 3

London – Windsor – Bath – Cardiff

This morning, meet your Travel Director and travel companions. The British capital won't keep you from your exploration of the island's colorful history. This morning you'll travel west for a memorable encounter with royalty and the Roman Empire. Start the day with a stop in Windsor, home to the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world, then continue to UNESCO-listed Bath. View the city's beautiful Georgian façades before continuing to Cardiff for your overnight stay.

Windsor Castle, Windsor, England
Accommodation Future Inn Cardiff
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

Cardiff – Chester – Liverpool

The Romans left their magic touch on the pretty town of Chester. You’ll view the city walls that they built in the first century to defend their fortress and the black and white half-timbered buildings, famously known as 'The Rows'. Take some time to explore Chester your way or join a Choice Experience to Llangollen in North Wales. Home of the International Eisteddfod, Llangollen has a tiny population but punches well above its weight when it comes to serene scenery and an array of cafés, bars and restaurants. Our home for the night is the haunt of the 'Fab Four', with an evening at leisure to explore Liverpool’s legendary nightlife.

The Beatles Statue in Liverpool, England
Accommodation Ibis Liverpool Center Albert Dock
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences See wonderful sights in Llangollen on excursion to Wales
North Wales Scenic Excursion

Our excursion to North Wales takes us to the picturesque village of Llangollen, where you'll see charming sights including the River Dee and Victor...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Beatles city tour in Liverpool, England
Famous Sights and the Fab Four

Explore the iconic cultural landmarks of Liverpool on a guided tour led by our Local Guide. From its glorious maritime past to its famous cultural ...

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Optional Experiences

Day 5

Liverpool – Lake District – Gretna Green – Glasgow

Settle in for a scenic drive north to the Lake District. Here you’ll see first-hand why the rugged and untamed beauty of the Lake District inspired William Wordsworth to wander 'lonely as a cloud' in his acclaimed piece of poetry, 'Daffodils'. There’s no better way to embrace the area’s heritage than to join a Choice Experience and chug between Haverthwaite and Lakeside in an old-world steam train followed by a cruise on Lake Windermere. Crossing the Scottish border, you’ll stop at Gretna Green, where eloping couples would exchange their vows over the Blacksmith’s anvil and be bound to each other forever. Resist the urge to tie the knot yourself and continue to the bold city of Glasgow, where you’ll have an opportunity to join a Choice Experience for a night on the "toon".

Boat near Lake Windermere, England
Accommodation Ibis Glasgow City Center
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Cruise on Lake Windermere, England
Scenic Cruise on Lake Windermere

Enjoy a cruise on Lake Windermere to discover the beauty of the lake shore admiring picturesque homes, gardens and the neo-Gothic architecture of W...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Cruise on Lake Windermere with steam train, England
Steam Train Ride and Windermere Cruise

Take in the glorious scenery of the Lake District as we cruise across England's largest lake, admiring beautiful homes, castles and more. Then, ste...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Evening meal in Glasgow, Scotland
Glasgow City Evening

Discover the vibrant character and joy of Glasgow as the city transforms at night, heading out on the town with your Travel Director for an evening...

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Optional Experiences

Day 6

Glasgow – Scottish Highlands

Kickstart your day with an introduction to Glasgow’s industrial past and modern revival that has given the city its characteristic gallus strut. Channel your inner Highlander next, embarking on a journey north to the banks of Loch Lomond, where a cruise to Rob Roy’s cave could be on the cards should you choose to join this Choice Experience. Later, the breathtakingly beautiful scenery of Glencoe, 'Glen of Weeping', will stir all your emotions – not least as you remember the brave clansmen who fought relentlessly for their beliefs. Local shepherd Neil and his enthusiastic border collies are ready to welcome guests on their Highland sheep farm for a Choice Experience this afternoon. You can perfect your sheep-shearing skills before settling into your Highland hotel.

Landscape of Loch Lomond, Scotland
Accommodation The Laggan Hotel Cairngorms
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Experiences Boat trip in Loch Lomond, Scotland
Loch Lomond Boat Trip

Discover the wild beauty of the 'Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond' as we set sail on one of Scotland's most impressive destinations. As we cruise along ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Highland farm experience in Kincraig, Scotland
Highland Farm Experience

Travel to a real Highland Sheep Farm to meet Neil the Shepherd and discover the charms of local life in the Scottish Highlands. Meet his beautiful ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 7

Scottish Highlands – St. Andrews – Edinburgh

Robert Burns once wrote of his beloved hills of the Highlands. Your scenic drive through its mystical landscapes will leave you similarly inspired as you venture to picturesque Pitlochry on the banks of the Tummel. There’s time to explore this salmon fishing center on your own or join a Choice Experience to Blair Castle, home of the Duke of Atholl and Europe's last remaining private army. The fairways and greens of St. Andrews, the birthplace of golf, beckon and you’ll have an opportunity to snap a selfie against the backdrop of the famous 18th green.

Highland Cattle in the Scottish Highlands, Scotland
Accommodation Moxy Edinburgh Airport
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit Blair Castle in Pitlochry, Scotland
Pitlochry, Visit of Blair Castle

Step inside the enchanting gardens and grand halls of Blair Castle, taking in 750 years of Scottish history spanning significant events such as the...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Scenic drive and dinner in Torphichen, Scotland
Dinner and Drive to Historic Torphichen

Kick back and relax as we enjoy a scenic drive to the ancient village of Torphichen, historically associated with Scottish Kings and Knights Templa...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy Ceilidh evening dinner see Scottish Piper Ghillie dhu, Edinburgh in Scotland
Ceilidh Evening and Dinner at Ghillie Dhu

Experience the best of Scottish tradition at Ghillie Dhu, where we'll be welcomed by a Scottish piper and enjoy a welcome drink before settling in ...

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Optional Experiences

Day 8

Edinburgh sightseeing and free time

Tuck into a hearty Scottish breakfast with tattie scones and all the trimmings. Today you’ll need some extra sustenance as there’s much to see and do in Scotland’s hilly capital. The Georgian New Town, Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle all wait to be viewed in the company of your Local Specialist, so grab your camera and prepare for a memorable sightseeing tour revealing all the highlights of Auld Reekie. You’ll have plenty of time to explore on your own or consider joining an Optional Experience to Rosslyn Chapel or an in-depth tour of Edinburgh Castle.

View of Edinburgh, Scotland
Accommodation Moxy Edinburgh Airport
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences View of Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
Edinburgh Castle Experience

Dominating the skyline of the city, Edinburgh Castle has stood strong on Castle Rock since the 12th century. Led by our Local Specialist, we'll pay...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit Rosslyn Chapel in Edinburgh, Scotland
Rosslyn Chapel

We’ll drive out of Edinburgh to the tiny village of Rosslyn, where we’ll hear the inside story of the famous Rosslyn Chapel from a Local Specialist...

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Optional Experiences

Day 9

Edinburgh – York – Bradford

Cheerio the noo and wave goodbye to Scotland. It’s time to venture south on your return journey through England to London, but not before you come face-to-face with Hadrian’s first-century attempt to keep the ‘barbarians’ out of his Roman Empire. You’ll not see an ancient Roman wall like it anywhere else on earth. Continue to the walled city of York, where an orientation tour will guide you through its narrow medieval streets to the 13th-century Gothic cathedral, York Minster, which dominates the city. You’ll have some time to admire the structure’s beautiful stained glass before an evening on your own, although York’s alluring history may keep you on the edge of your seat. Delve into its tales of Romans, roses and ghosts. It’s the stuff great books are made of.

Cathedral in Alnwick York, England
Accommodation Leonardo Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast

Day 10

Bradford – Stratford-upon-Avon – London

This morning, we visit Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of the famous bard, William Shakespeare, who became England's most beloved playwright. It's time for one last group picture as you say a fond farewell to your Travel Director and new friends on your return to London.

Anne Hathaway's Cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon, England
Accommodation Holiday Inn Brentford Lock
Included Meals Breakfast

Day 11

Depart London

It's time to close the curtain on your epic adventure across England and Scotland. You'll say cheerio to new friends as you prepare for your return journey home.

Big Ben in London, England
Included Meals Breakfast

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About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
The services of a Costsaver Local Host if you stay at Costsaver's recommended London hotel
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Many meals and daily breakfasts included
City orientation tours
Audio headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries
Extensive variety of Choice Experiences
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
North Wales Scenic Excursion

Our excursion to North Wales takes us to the picturesque village of Llangollen, where you'll see charming sights including the River Dee and Victor...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Famous Sights and the Fab Four

Explore the iconic cultural landmarks of Liverpool on a guided tour led by our Local Guide. From its glorious maritime past to its famous cultural ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Scenic Cruise on Lake Windermere

Enjoy a cruise on Lake Windermere to discover the beauty of the lake shore admiring picturesque homes, gardens and the neo-Gothic architecture of W...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Steam Train Ride and Windermere Cruise

Take in the glorious scenery of the Lake District as we cruise across England's largest lake, admiring beautiful homes, castles and more. Then, ste...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Glasgow City Evening

Discover the vibrant character and joy of Glasgow as the city transforms at night, heading out on the town with your Travel Director for an evening...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Loch Lomond Boat Trip

Discover the wild beauty of the 'Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond' as we set sail on one of Scotland's most impressive destinations. As we cruise along ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Highland Farm Experience

Travel to a real Highland Sheep Farm to meet Neil the Shepherd and discover the charms of local life in the Scottish Highlands. Meet his beautiful ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Pitlochry, Visit of Blair Castle

Step inside the enchanting gardens and grand halls of Blair Castle, taking in 750 years of Scottish history spanning significant events such as the...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner and Drive to Historic Torphichen

Kick back and relax as we enjoy a scenic drive to the ancient village of Torphichen, historically associated with Scottish Kings and Knights Templa...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Ceilidh Evening and Dinner at Ghillie Dhu

Experience the best of Scottish tradition at Ghillie Dhu, where we'll be welcomed by a Scottish piper and enjoy a welcome drink before settling in ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Edinburgh Castle Experience

Dominating the skyline of the city, Edinburgh Castle has stood strong on Castle Rock since the 12th century. Led by our Local Specialist, we'll pay...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Rosslyn Chapel

We’ll drive out of Edinburgh to the tiny village of Rosslyn, where we’ll hear the inside story of the famous Rosslyn Chapel from a Local Specialist...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Great Britain

  • Great Britain is made up of three countries: England, Scotland, and Wales. These countries are located on the island of Great Britain, which is the largest island in the British Isles
  • The United Kingdom (UK) consists of four countries: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland
  • Languages across Great Britain: English is the dominant language throughout Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales). While the main language in Scotland is English, Scots and Scottish Gaelic are minority languages. In Wales, both English and Welsh Gaelic are spoken. If you're traveling through the UK and visiting Northern Ireland, you'll also hear English and Irish or Gaeilge.
  • Currencies used in Great Britain: British Pound Sterling (£) is used throughout the United Kingdom.
  • Capitals Cities: London (England), Edinburgh (Scotland), Cardiff (Wales), Belfast (Northern Ireland)
  • Time Zone(s) in the United Kingdom:  Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and Greenwich Mean Time +1 (GMT+1) during daylight saving time

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

United Kingdom passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter the United Kingdom.
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

The climate in Great Britain is generally classified as temperate maritime, characterized by mild winters and cool summers. The weather is known for its variability and can change frequently throughout the day. Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year, with showers being common. The western parts of the UK, particularly areas like Wales and Scotland, tend to experience higher rainfall compared to the eastern regions. The UK is influenced by the warm Gulf Stream, which helps to moderate temperatures and prevent extreme heat or cold. Fog and mist are common in some areas, particularly in autumn and winter.

Electricity

  • American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.
  • Type G outlets are used throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.
    Adapters are used to change the plug style from American-style plugs with two flat prongs to fit into these outlets, which take three rectangular prongs.
  • You will need a plug adapter and voltage converter to use your appliances in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
  • We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. Also, pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are standard accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

  • Air conditioning is commonly available in European and United Kingdom hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.
  • However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings.
  • Most hotels in Europe or the UK can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport Transfers for Europe flights not arriving to or departing from London
Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if:

  • You are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold 
  • Your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings

Airport Transfers for Europe flights arriving to or departing from London
Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days are complimentary only if:

  • You are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold
  • You booked your land tour and flights as a land/air package through GET. If you book your flights independently via London Heathrow, you can *purchase a transfer through us.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Debra Fabiani
Review date: Monday, August 21, 2023
Service
Our initial tour date was canceled & I had to call to accept the substitute date. The Travel Specialist was very courteous, professional & informative.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We apologize for the change in dates but it sounds like everything worked out well and you enjoyed your trip. Thank you for your flexibility and your business.
Wednesday, August 23, 2023
Vacation
This tour is a great way to see a lot of England plus a bit of Wales & Scotland! It is fast paced but I saw enough to know what cities I'd like to return to for a longer visit. I will consider using Grand European Travel in the future.
Robert Farah
Review date: Thursday, August 10, 2023
Service
When I booked my trip I was not aware it was a cost saver trip. My wife and I are over-,with bad back,we’ve never been a trip where we had to bring and take our luggage to and from the bus. Personal was good, hotel’s average at best.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We apologize if this was not made clear that your trip was operated by CostSaver. We do our best to highlight the Operating Brand of each trip in both our brochure and website as well as in the documents you receive at time of booking and final tour documents. CostSaver is a budget product and does not include all of the extras that the First Class tours do, including bag porterage. We do hope that there we some happy moments.
Monday, August 14, 2023
Vacation
Way too much time on a bus.
Alexander Richter
Review date: Thursday, July 21, 2022
Service
Great tour guide ok Hotels fair options
Vacation
Ok Good guide fair options
Trusted Customer
Review date: Thursday, June 27, 2019
Service
Booking was easy on the website. The vacation itself was not s described or expected.
Vacation
Time spent on the bus was 8-10 hours daily, with only 45 minutes to a few hours at a chosen location daily. We went through 3 buses due to breakdowns. This required waiting over 5 hours during the trip for replacement buses. Why bother going to Liverpool and Glasgow when you arrive at 7:00 PM and leave at 8:00 AM? Anything worth seeing was closed - what was the point? The "tour" of both places consisted of the Tour Director talking as we sat in rush hour traffic. Half of the hotels were substandard and located in sketchy neighborhoods. I will NEVER travel with Trafalgar again.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate your feedback and while every destination and tour are unique, it is our hopes that each of our guests come home with happy memories. We will be sharing your comments with the Trafalgar team and deeply apologize for the bus breakdowns which caused so much disruption for your group.
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Jane Fileccia
Review date: Thursday, September 13, 2018
Service
This tour, of England and Scotland, was perfectly run. The Trafalgar tour guide, Jim Michell, was excellent in every aspect. The tour offered a wide variety of experiences. Leading up to the trip, Randy Fay, was terrific answering my questions and making me feel like I was part of a very special team. This was the experience of a lifetime.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so happy to have been a part of your trip of a lifetime! Thank you so much for choosing us, for being a part of our travel family, and for sharing your experience. It's always wonderful to know that our guests have an amazing time on their vacations, we couldn't ask for more.
Friday, September 14, 2018
Vacation
Great value for the money.
Susan Fitzgerald
Review date: Thursday, July 19, 2018
Service
Jacqueline our tour guide was excellent which just enhanced the experience. The tour seemed to really hit the highlights of the countries we visited.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're so pleased to hear you had a great trip and that you enjoyed so many highlights of England and Scotland.
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Vacation
We had a short period of time to tour three countries that we have never been to before. It was very helpful that GET tours knew the best places to visit to make the most of our time.
Deedra Miller
Review date: Thursday, April 26, 2018
Service
prices were fair , travel representative, Alyssa was always prompt to answer all questions. Everything very well organized. My husband and I enjoyed our England Scotland tour very much.
Vacation
Quite a few meals included and most of the hotel rooms were very nice
Rebecca Petersen
Review date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Service
What a great trip. Everything went well. Our tour guide was good, bus driver did amazing. People on the bus were fun.Hotels were good. I would will recommend Grand European Travel's to everyone.
Vacation
It was a great price excursions were well planed.
Shannon Tomkie
Review date: Thursday, October 19, 2017
Service
Our agent was helpful and kept us informed. All contact was by phone or email.
Vacation
The cost saver trip with Trafalgar was not as good as I had hoped it would be. The hotels were very average. The trip was a lot of travel and not much time to actually enjoy the cities we came to see
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry that you were disappointed with your trip and appreciate your honest review.
Friday, October 20, 2017
Michael Lilley
Review date: Friday, September 22, 2017
Service
Everything about the trip was as advertised. All side exceptions were great with excellent explanations of the areas visited. Active but not overwhelming. We will book again through Grand European.
Vacation
Looking forward to another trip through Grand European.
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